I am changing up my training… again… hence no posts in a while. I had been so intent on getting out for my 2.5 hour run every weekend but it wasn’t working for me. My working structure has changed and I’m often so tired that getting up at 6:30am on a Saturday to run is not fun. And running should be fun. I also took some time out of running to fix my achilles. It’s doing so much better now (about 90%) and I can’t believe I didn’t think to do this earlier. Anyway, I’m not going to do any long runs leading up to the Wilson’s Prom Ultra (60km). I am going to do the exact opposite of everyone else that will be there!
Over the past two years I’ve learnt that heavy squats and deadlifts give me the required leg strength to run an ultra. 3 sets of 3-5 reps of squats and deadlifts is the equivalent of a weekly 3-4 hour run or even more! The only difference is a much shorter recovery time, and no more sleeping on the couch for the rest of the day!
I’ve come to trust that my training is suitable, and even preferable to the usual running programs out there. So now my 2 or 3 runs a week are interval based. Usually I’ll do 5 x 6 minutes or 20 minutes worth of hill repeats or something along those lines to keep up leg turnover and good technique. I also seem to increase my fitness better doing bodyweight circuits, burpees and kettlebell workouts. I also don’t get injured doing those things!
Wilson’s Prom is on at the end of April. So that give’s me 2 months of getting my legs stronger and increasing my cardiovascular fitness. I’m really excited about this as I’ve found with myself and my clients that bodyweight and kettlebell work increases fitness like nothing else. I’m really looking forward to this and seeing how my running will be affected, and how it will all go in April!